A few months ago after walking in the park with my mom and Lorelai, we ended up at Kroger ordering food from the deli. Of course, I looked to see what kind of soup variety they had, hoping for tomato and stumbled across a creamy orange tinted soup, called creamy tomato bisque.
To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement, when really, this soup stole my heart. It's funny how before I thought I had found the soup of my dreams at Panera, yet ended up finding an even better soup at the Kroger deli.. Lesson learned. Sometimes the best food comes from the most unlikely sources.
So after walking in the park with my family and freezing our butts off today, I decided to finally make my own creamy tomato bisque, perfect for a chilly afternoon like this one. This little soup creation of mine was inspired by three recipes, my favorite Kroger deli tomato bisque, Ina Garten's tomato and basil soup, and the Neely's roasted red pepper and tomato soup. It's delicious, creamy, and delectable with a bit of a kick to keep you warm the rest of the day. :)
Creamy tomato bisque with a kick
- 4 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 Tbs butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, plus 1 large fresh tomato
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 Tbs minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2-3 pinches white sugar
- salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
|Before the blender and heavy cream|